This was a Guest Post by Brenda Panin. Brenda is a web content writer for

In her free time she loves to blog about healthy life and 
extreme sports.

Does talent really matter?

Finding a young talented tennis player among thousands of average juniors is definitely a challenge. It is not unusual for parents to ask a tennis coach will their child be a Pro Tennis player one day. 
Coaches often say that every aspiring player can become a Pro as long as they work and train hard. If your child truly wants to be a pro, they must have the dedication to train and live like one.

Does this mean that most coaches do not necessarily know if a child is capable of playing at high level? Even knowing that a junior does not have "the natural gift" for hitting the ball the right way, coaches choose not
to tell.

Lets look at the scientific research about the significance of talent. It is defined as "something that was said to be given to people, allowing them to do things average people can't". It is a natural ability that some people are simply born with. That distinguishes them from all other players and puts them in the higher league. That means a champion is born with the necessary talent. You do not get to learn that!

Piotr Unierzyski has a done research project on junior tennis players within Europe in 1994-2002. During his research, Unierzyski interviewed and tested 1000 juniors from around 40 countries. Among those juniors were Justine Henin, 
Roger Federer, Guillermo Coria, Kim Clijsters. The average age of the children he interviewed was around 12-13.

Here are some interesting facts about this research.

They were all younger, slimmer, more powerful, faster, and had more experience than the rest of the juniors. They all started joining tournaments at approximately the same age and played at least 45 matches every year (below average). The strangest thing about these young players was that they all practiced tennis less than others. However, they did more fitness training. The next interesting fact is that their parents were not very involved in their everyday trainings.

These results show that natural talent is definitely an imperative when it comes to being a world wide recognizable tennis player. Piotr Unierzyski's research shows that being devoted to training is not crucial for
success. Thus today's world known players, were allowed to really enjoy this sport and not to be fed up with it from hard everyday training. Instead, they were building their mental strength that lead them to the
very top of this popular sport.